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Around the years of 1700s Jakarta was started to expand keeping pace with the start of Batavia town by Ducth overseas trade which is now called Jakarta Old Town, or Kota in Bahasa Indonesia, neighboring with the port of Sunda Kelapa. Batavia town at the time was enclosed with wall to separate them from the rest of the area. There were some people allowed to live within walled area or in Batavia town and some were have to live outside the wall.

Today the area of Glodok is known as China town which is bordered by Jalan Gajah Mada at the east. Jalan Gajah Mada is the main road that leading from the beginning of Jalan Mangga Dua Raya southward up to Monas or Monumen Nasional. This road is divided into 2 lanes, one is for normal car and other lane is for the traffic of Bus Way, the transport developed during the governor Sutiyoso to overcome the distressing traffic congestion in the area of Central Jakarta. Across Gajah Mada road is the famous Mangga Dua area, known for its rich shopping centers, malls and various entertainments. At the southern border of China town is the area of Kelurahan Keagungan and Kelurahan Krukut, while the north is bordered by Jalan Pancoran. In the area of Glodok one can see old type of architecture and character of 1700s. The area of Glodok is just outside of the wall of old town of 1700s. It is reported that the Chinese was living within the wall in 1740, but a riot happened in 1741 and the Chinese were massacred. After this catastrophe the government of Batavia forbidden for a Chinese to live in the town but was given a spot of land outside the wall. This area developed fast into a commercial center with Chinese characters such as winding lanes, slanting red tiled roofs and small dark shops.

The development of Indonesian economy in general gives an impact to some diligent businessmen of the town and able to move to find bigger space and more developing business. So, after the independent of Republic of Indonesia many of them already spreaded out around the area what we know now bigger Jakarta City.

Jakarta Old town which is known today as Kota from the point of tourism, giving a great interest and has become regular tourism visits. Tour operators never forget the place on their tour itinerary. Travelers can see the historic Sunda Kelapa port, Tamman Fatahillah, a commemorial of Islamic hero in opposing the Dutch in 17th century, Jakarta history museum, which building is the most solid remainder of 17th century of Batavia art, Wayang puppet museum, fine art museum, Canon Si Jagur a Portuguese canon brought to Batavia in 1641 from Malacca, Gereja Sion whcih was built in 1695 and is the oldest church in Jakarta built outside the wall. Some slaves of Asian who were brought from Portuguese ports in India and Malacca dropped in Jakarta and given the freedom to follow Catholic or Protestant provided they follow the Dutch reformed church, and this is first reformed church in Indonesia. This group of slaves is called the mardjikers.

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National Museum One of the biggest and most complete exhibition of human history from prehistory up to the classical period. This museum is the most frequented place by students and reserachers. Indonesia presents rich human historical facts which can be used to reconstruct the culture of south east asia and even further to the influence giving countries such as China, India and Arabia.
National Monument is a tower more then 100 meters in the center of Jakarta city as the mark of Indonesian independence and the appointment of Jakarta as the capital city of Indonesia. One can ascend up the tower and watch the city's beautiful panorama.
The Pekan Raya Jakarta known as Jakarta Fair or Jakarta International Expo is one of the biggest fair ground in South East Asia built to boost the business life of Indonesia and regionally the countries of south east Asia. The organization of exhibition is held regularly for various line of products from traditional to modern hi-tec products that can be produced at the decades. The location of the Jakarta International Expo as the regular place of Jakarta Fair orPekan Raya Jakarta is at South Jakarta near
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or in English is Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature, located on south east of Jakarta. This park is one of the mark of the city offering selected arts from all over Indonesian regions from architecture, dances, and musics and culinary. Some of them offer daily cultural attractions to the visitors during certain hours. Special modern recreations are also available and is very cheering for the chldren.
Tanjung Priok Sea Port Tanjung Priok is one of the biggest seaport in Indonesia belong to Jakarta Spceial Province. Among the biggest sea port of Indonesia developped since 17th century are Tanjung Perak - Surabaya, Belawan - North Sumatra, and Soekarno - Hatta Sea port in Makassar, south Sulawesi. The traffic of goods from various areas of Indonesia are concentrated at those 3 ports to be forwarded to outside Indonesia, and as on entry.
Jakarta Convention Center Jakarta Convention Center is one of Jakartas land mark on conference, exhibition and meeting business with international standard. Located at Jalan Gatot Subroto in the center of Jakarta city, quipped with the latest audio visual for the full function of business promotion and transaction. Some short information on Jakarta Convention Center are available, see list of interesting places